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Defeating Self-Importance


Defeating self-importance is work. As Castaneda said, “Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it – what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men.” Self-importance affects us by keeping us from achieving raises, getting along with mom, telling those we love that we love them and on and on.

Now this is the kind of problem that arises in the day to day life of the self important. Imagine, if you will, the problems brought about by a self important Float Facilitator. Would such a Facilitator live in a place where he or she could suspend moral judgements for those requiring, more than anything else, acceptance for errors they’ve committed during the course of their lives? Would such a Facilitator recognize the things that a business owner has done and must continue to do to pay employees and yet insist that those same employees work so as to earn the money that will pay them? What a dilemma for an employer and what a foreign concept for the self-important Float Facilitator.


The good news is because the self-important Float Facilitator cannot see the world inhabited by businesses and professions and training and discipline and education, that person will all too soon burn through a cadre of friends and family and will have trouble keeping his business viable in terms of income. I don’t know if this is true or not but I’ve heard that it’s best to learn from mistakes. Other people’s mistakes. Those of us who have come together to form Mental Arts have certainly made our share of mistakes. But we are not so self-important that we won’t share what we’ve learned from our myriad of mistakes.

written by John Worthington, author of “The Office of Shaman” 


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